TREE Foundation, an organisation that extensively deals with sea turtle conservation, marine study, environment education and community development, recently organised its seventh edition of Flipper Fest, where students participated in competitions based on marine biodiversity and land-ocean connections. The two-day fest held at Anna University saw over 3000 students participate from schools and colleges across the city. The competitions for schools included quiz, poster painting, essay writing, eco-drama, model making and paper presentation and for colleges, street play and face painting.
“The response has been great this year as the level of awareness among students has significantly increased. For instance, the participation for the poster painting competition was so good and every team put in so much effort that we had to declare more than one winner for the first, second and third prizes,” says Supraja Dharini, chair person of the foundation.
The schools were notified a month in advance about the event. Most are a part of the foundation’s school and college network – TREE Roots & Shoots initiative.
“Our school has been participating in Flipper fest for the past seven years. This has made our students more aware about environmental issues. We have also adopted a temple pond near our campus,” says J. Kavitha, science coordinator of Sri Sankara Vidyalaya, Pammal.
Many other schools too have adopted such eco-friendly measures. For instance, Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam plans to install a compost system for their kitchen.